Amendment C130 - Preston Central Western Gateway - Precinct J

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ABOUT AMENDMENT C130

Urban Context

Melbourne’s overall population is growing. Due to Darebin’s growing appeal as a place to live, work and invest, Preston is experiencing an increase in population. Along with it comes the challenge of providing enough housing opportunities, especially near existing public transport and communal and commercial services.

The sites on the north-eastern and north-western corners of the Murray Road and Spring Street intersection in Preston (356-362 and 388 Murray Road and 1 Spring Street) are large sites near major train and bus routes and offer proximity to the Preston Market, High Street shops and communal services.

ABOUT AMENDMENT C130

Urban Context

Melbourne’s overall population is growing. Due to Darebin’s growing appeal as a place to live, work and invest, Preston is experiencing an increase in population. Along with it comes the challenge of providing enough housing opportunities, especially near existing public transport and communal and commercial services.

The sites on the north-eastern and north-western corners of the Murray Road and Spring Street intersection in Preston (356-362 and 388 Murray Road and 1 Spring Street) are large sites near major train and bus routes and offer proximity to the Preston Market, High Street shops and communal services.

These properties are positioned at an important junction that is a key thoroughfare for a lot of cars, pedestrians, bicycles and trains. Their position at a major intersection offers both an opportunity for development that takes advantage of this prime location and delivers the highest quality built form to address the corner. There are few opportunities for Council to make changes to the roads at the intersection because they are controlled by VicRoads.

Through the planning scheme and decision making on proposed developments, Council can influence and shape the way this location develops. The current set of guidelines and regulations for the area do not recognise the opportunity for robust buildings to be developed that demarcate the junction in the manner that can be supported and deliver improvements to the pedestrian environment that will offset the current dominance of the road junction. In order to address this issue, the relevant set of guidelines and regulations needs adjustment.

Current Guidelines and Zoning

The Preston Central Structure Plan 2006 sets out directions and principles of connections, land uses and built form. The subject sites are currently in Precinct Q – a precinct designated for residential development of up to 2 to 3 storeys. Directly to its east is Precinct J – Western Gateway, which allows for 5 storey mixed use development and some landmark sites that are allowed to reach up to 7 storeys. These landmark sites are individual sites and chosen due to their prominent exposure and favourable development potential for new housing.

The Preston Central Incorporated Plan 2007 prescribes in more detail what land uses should occur where and how the built form should be designed. The subject sites are currently part of a local policy in Clause 22.12 and zoned Residential 1. At present the built form is guided by what is commonly referred to as “ResCode”.

The Proposed Planning Scheme Amendment Changes

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It is proposed to include within the boundary of Precinct J (Western Gateway) of the Preston Central Structure Plan 2006 and of the Preston Central Incorporated Plan 2007 three properties on the north eastern and north western side of the Spring Street/Murray Road intersection into Precinct J. The land is proposed to be rezoned from Residential 1 to Priority Development Zone – Schedule 2 (PDZ2). To see the area affected by these changes please feel free to use the map to the right hand side on this page.

Changes and additions will allow and achieve the following:


356-362 Murray Road (Landmark Site):

  • Rezone to PDZ – Schedule 2 and allow a landmark site with development of up to 7 storeys to provide an orientation point at the western edge and north end of St Georges Road
  • Impose a 2-3 storey height limit in transition towards 4 Spring Street to reduce the impact of future buildings on existing residences to the north
  • Require commercial space at ground level to improve the pedestrian environment and activate the street edge

388 Murray Road:

  • Rezone to PDZ – Schedule 2 and allow predominantly residential development at up to 5 storeys to complement the Landmark Site at 356-362 Murray Road and anchoring the western side of the corner of Spring Street at Murray Road.
  • Transition of building height towards the existing residential interface north and east

Note: This site currently has an approved development under construction. The proposed regulation change is recognising this and to ensure any possible future amendments to the existing Permit have more guidance than at present.

1 Spring Street (Council land):

  • Rezone to PDZ – Schedule 2 and allow development of up to 3 storey height to provide a buffer between more intense developed land and surrounding residential land to the north
  • Facilitation of activity that could complement existing uses in the Preston Central area

Essentially, Amendment C130 will allow use and development that addresses the large intersection with vibrant building forms. It will also assist in activating currently underutilised sites and increase passive surveillance towards the footpath. The landmark site will enable a development that provides a visual orientation point at northern end of St Georges Road and demarcates the western entry into the Preston Central activity centre. In a wider context the amendment will enable more housing opportunities near transport, economic and social infrastructure.

Any future development would have to comply with the requirements of the amended Incorporated Plan and the Priority Development Zone – Schedule 2. It is likely that potential off-site amenity impacts from future development can be managed within the sites due to their generous size and their unique location on a large intersection.

Existing Uses and Buildings

It is important to note that Council is not going to develop or acquire land or surrounding houses in this precinct. Existing uses will have a right to keep operating and this Planning Scheme Amendment will not require works to be done to existing structures. Council is proposing to introduce changes to the local regulations to guide Council’s decision making on how privately owned land could be used and developed, if land owners choose to do so.

If you have any further questions regarding the Amendment please do not hesitate and direct your enquiry either via email to planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au(External link)or call our Planning Services on (03) 8470 8768.




Consultation has concluded
  • Amendment C130 Approved

    over 4 years ago

    The Minister for Planning has approved Darebin Planning Scheme Amendment C130, with the changes implemented into the Darebin Planning Scheme on 16 April 2015.

    You can view the approved amendment documents at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Amendments Online website.

    The Minister for Planning has approved Darebin Planning Scheme Amendment C130, with the changes implemented into the Darebin Planning Scheme on 16 April 2015.

    You can view the approved amendment documents at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Amendments Online website.